“The Kingdom Will Prevail” A Slow Church-related Sermon on Mark 4:24-34

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This is the sermon that Mike Bowling preached last Sunday (26 Feb 2012) here at Englewood Christian Church. It is one of the most hopeful and energizing sermons I have heard in a long time.  It is also a superb reading of Mark 4:24-34 that is in line with what we are calling Slow Church.I've never quite known what to make of v. 24-25:24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken aw … [Read more...]

Hungering and Thirsting After Righteousness [Guest Post -Thomas Turner]

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Thom Turner is a friend and regular contributor to The Englewood Review of Books. Thom is also an adjunct lecturer of English at Nyack College and the Senior Editor and Publisher of GENERATE Magazine. He has recently been doing a wonderful series on his blog on a Christian ethic of eating, which has some important connections to our Slow Church project. I invited him to guest post here, and he offered this great reflection for the present season of Lent.When Christ tells us to “hunger and thirst after righteousness” or to pray that God “give us our daily bread” our full, first world be … [Read more...]

Submerging Church [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Lee Wyatt]

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[ On July 5-7, The Ekklesia Project will hold its annual gathering in Chicago, which will be on the theme of Slow Church.  Between now and July, we will be running a series of lguest reflections here by folks connected with the E.P. We've asked guest posters to reflect on the meaning of Slow Church from their own local contexts. More info on the E.P. gathering.  ] Today's reflection, the first in the series, is by Lee Wyatt.Though we live (or have lived) in the age of the Emerging/Emergent Church, I have a different proposal for a new vision of church. I call it the Submerging Church! Am I … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry on the Necessity of Limits.

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I'm settling in with friends old and new at the Convent in Cincinnati for a writers' retreat this week.  I'm hoping to make some much-needed progress on the chapters of the Slow Church book that I'm writing.I have taken the opportunity this weekend before and on my way to the retreat to read some of what Wendell Berry has said about the necessity of limits.  I've been meaning to do so for awhile, but this weekend I stumbled upon this fabulous essay that Berry wrote in 2008 for Harpers Magazine -- Faustian Economics: Hell Hath No Limits.  This is a short essay and well worth re … [Read more...]

Peace to You on Christmas Eve!

Okay, so it's becoming obvious to me that the last Advent reflection isn't going to happen today.  We're on vacation and too much other good stuff going on... The lectionary text for today is James 1 and has some important to say about Slow Church and the birth of Jesus, so I'll probably write today's reflection up next week... (How's that for Slow?  ;-)I will be posting highlights from the Advent series on to our Twitter and Facebook pages today, so be sure to check those out...Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Setting our Course Toward Bethlehem.

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Setting our Course Toward Bethlehem. Daily Advent Reflection. Kyle Mobley. Romans 13:11-14. Friday, December 23, 2011. It might not be The prettiest thing that you'll ever see But it's a new day, oh baby it's a new day And it might not look like A beautiful sunrise But it's a new day, oh baby, it's a new day. -- Robbie Seay Band, "New Day" Listen: [ YouTube ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent … [Read more...]

[ Daily Advent Reflection ] The Gospel According to Zephaniah (and Tom Waits)

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The Gospel According to Zephaniah (and Tom Waits) Daily Advent Reflection. Debra Dean Murphy. Zephaniah 3:8-13. Thursday, December 22, 2011“On that day you shall not be put to shame because of all the deeds by which you have           rebelled against me” - Zeph. 3:11“There’s no eye for an eye, there’s no tooth for a tooth. I saw Judas Iscariot carrying John Wilkes Booth.” - Tom Waits, “Down There by the Train” Listen: [ Youtube ] [ Spotify ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We lov … [Read more...]


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